Originally Posted by plowshareredfan
You are either a hitter or you are not. If hitting could be taught everyone would hit .300
I could not disagree more with the bolded part above. As for the second part...
"If being a doctor could be taught (which it is) everyone would be a doctor"
"If being a lawyer could be taught (which it is) everyone would be a lawyer"
"If being an engineer could be taught (which it is) everyone would be an engineer"
Do you see the problem with this logic?
While clearly there is a natural amount of hitting talent and athletic ability a person may possess, its on each person to maximize whatever bit of talent that have to be able to hit (assuming thats something they wanted to do).
Besides, if someones naturally a hitter, how do we even know? We're just born with it? Or is it more likely that the hitter we see at an older age started hitting when little, liked it a lot, played a lot, worked at it a ton and maximized his ability?
If the bolded part above was true, then why does anyone even bother to practice? You can either hit or you cant. There would be no need to work at it, since you're set as a being a hitter or not being a hitter.
I think a mentality like that, is just something that people who currently suck at hitting and/or don't want to work to get better like to use as an excuse for not being able to hit. Am i saying everyone can make the big leagues by just "working hard?" Not at all. Not even remotely close. But we do have an innate ability that we can maximize.
Originally Posted by Roger Hornsby
“A great hitter isn’t born, he’s made. He’s made out of practice, fault correction and confidence.